This year we started with IOS Lectures, a get-together for scholars and research master's students who are interested in our strategic theme: Institutions for Open Societies (IOS). In these lectures we create a platform for sharing, exchanging and connecting knowledge and people in order to build new interdisciplinary research alliances within IOS. In November the lecture will be on the 3rd introducing Sarah Carmichael with: "Women in history; measuring and tracking the progress in gender equality".
About the lecture
Since Douglass North’s work on the role of institutions in development we have seen a proliferation of studies in economics and economic history which have furthered this research agenda. However much of this work retains a focus on the power of the state or monarchs. For a large proportion of society the power-relations that are more important for determining freedom of opportunities may well be those at the household level. This is particular relevant for women for whom constraints and customs in a family setting function as a key determinant of their role in society. This presentation presents the research findings of the project Agency, Gender and World Economic Development 1850 to 2000 as well as those from my own dissertation within the context of which measures are developed and data collected to track the position of women and gender equality over the past 150 years. During this slot I will demonstrate the key findings of this work which builds on co-authored work with Selin Dilli, Auke Rijpma and Jan Luiten van Zanden.
About the Lectures to come
The other dates in 2016 are: 1 December
- Time: from 16:00 -16:45 followed by drinks
- Location: Raadzaal, Achter Sint Pieter 200
- Admission: Free
- Language of communication: English